Beautiful Vacant Park Shore Residential Lot for Sale

Build your dream home on this beautiful quarter acre residential BUILDING LOT in the much sought-after Park Shore of Naples, FL.  This home lot is within walking distance to Venetian Village where you can enjoy boutique shopping with styles from chic casual to simply elegant.  Highlighted scheduled social events throughout the year such as the famous Boat Parade have made Venetian Village a must-stop spot. Set in the true Italian waterfront style, take advantage of eating alfresco with forever views from the upper deck on Bayside’s terrace overlooking Venetian Bay.  The sugar white sands of the beach at Horizon Way are just a few minute’s drive from your slice of paradise.  Just “around the corner” are the Waterside Shops offering valet parking, personal shopping and current trend fashion shows where there’s something in their event calendar to satisfy every family member. For those especially fond of the cultural arts, tickets to the Naples Philharmonic, lovingly known as “The Phil” by Neapolitans, offers a plethora of selections from orchestra to the arias, ballet to the Blues, there’s always something to entertain yourself with at The Phil.   Right next door is the visual arts center, the Naples Museum of Art, displaying world-class paintings, sculpture, drawings and other art forms and just about a mile north is the much anticipated Mercato. An experience of inviting streetscapes combined with upscale shopping, fine dining and the ever popular Silverspot Theatre, where you can dine and take your cocktail into the theatre with you while your reserved, leather seats are awaiting you.  Luxury doesn’t stop there: head a mile down the road and you’ll find the Ritz-Carlton at the beach with world-class amenities and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort within 1/2 mile of the Mercato in the other direction, taking full advantage of the breathtaking beauty of the Paradise coast.  There’s also world class galleries, shopping and eateries at the 5th Ave and the 3rd Street shopping district awaiting your arrival in Olde Naples.  Don’t wait any longer, Naples is recovered and we’re on are way to a stable market.  Currently, there are only 9 vacant lots available for single family homes in all of Park Shore, the Moorings and Coquina Sands under $1 m.  Lot size is 125x117x83x100 and is .27 acre zoned for R1-10A with a building potential of up to 7,500-8,000 s.f. of living with a maximum of 30ft building height.    OFFERING PRICE:  $559,000 Most recent closed sale in September 2011 for a lot in the Moorings was $520,000 at 690 Regatta Rd.  For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.

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Real Estate Nightmare on Elm Street – Part Two

#6:  Stigmatized Properties. Since it’s Halloween time, it would be fun to talk about ghosts from era’s past or hellish happenings that would scare even Freddy Krueger out of his perpetual bad mood, but, on this site, well, in the state of Florida anyway, it is not a requirement to disclose deaths by any means or that the property was occupied by someone with HIV/AIDS.  Read more about it at http://www.ehow.com/list_7200280_florida-laws-stigmatized-property.html #7:  Annoying neighbors. Now, I could really delve into this but digression never accomplishes too much, so let me just be brief on this issue.  Walk around the preferred neighborhood you’re dreaming of moving into and just talk to the neighbors.  It’s the best way to determine if there’s problems with homeowners that don’t comply with noise or pet ordinances, or just plain have “issues” that you know you couldn’t dream of living next to.  With that in mind, there’s no perfect neighborhood and no perfect neighbor.  Knowing ahead of time where those shortcomings are will at least give you time to formulate a plan where you can live and coexist peacefully. #8:  Homeowner’s Associations and Deed Restrictions. Assuming you’ve closed on your lovely new digs and to celebrate, you threw a huge party, with you, of course, as the Big Party Man.  The next morning, you wake up flat on your back and are wondering why creatures with long pink necks and silly little faces are staring down at you.   Chances are, your party was a huge success.  However, a pack of pink flamingos in many communities that are governed by an association probably won’t allow these little darlings in too big a quantity, and frankly, that’s not a bad thing (remember property value here).  Did you review your Homeowner’s Documents before you put that ink to paper?  Probably not.  It is of huge significance that you review them to ensure there is nothing in there that would prevent you from full use and enjoyment of your new home prior to moving in day.  Don’t assume anything.  These are strict covenants and are very difficult to try to get changed.  Even if you think those flamingos add a certain “Je ne sais quoi” I’d bet you a dinner at Chops that your neighbors, and most importantly, your HOA, won’t. #9:  We’re all flawed. And so are properties, seen or unseen.  No matter how quick you want to close, never, ever, EVER, contract a property without exercising your right to a home inspection.  If you missed my blog posting on this, check it out http://www.ruthbethem.com/blog/speedy-home-buying-part-2/2010/10/09/ It’s like that shiny new car that is screaming your name and you only take it out for a test drive and never check under the hood.  With a prospective property, you better check not only under the “hood” but over it and in it.  That little beauty may look like your perfect dream home but it could be nothing more than a huge hand that will suck every cent out of your pockets.  #10: Show me the Money! You get to the closing table and you’re told, after depleting your entire savings account for escrow deposits, that you’ll need more money to close, of which you A: have none and B: proceed to have a meltdown.  No need.  That’s why you have an agent and a mortgage broker to review the statement with you to help you decipher where the increase has occurred and why.  This is another great reason why the government has mandated big changes that came into effect in January of 2010.  You’ll receive your HUD-1 statement prior to closing for your review with line item entries so you can look for legitimate costs, errors or any loan terms that may have been misrepresented.  This is a great opportunity for you to understand each and every costs that you can compare to your original loan estimate that was given to you by your lender.  Remember, there may have just been a mistake or even a typo and your advocates (your lender and agent) are there to assist you.  Save the meltdown for when the kids decide to “crayon” your recently painted living room walls.   That’s it for now, but if you want a dream transaction instead of a nightmare, please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545 for further information or questions on Naples Florida real estate.


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Real Estate Nightmare on Elm Street – Part One

Ever feel like your real estate experience is like watching a horror flick, in slo-mo?  Well it’s a club with many members, so I’m here to review just a few top pitfalls and what you can do to overcome them.  #1: Short Sale buying. Totally a misnomer!  In other countries, Canada for example, a short sale is just as it says and everyone is happy.  No banks to drag it out, no third parties charging fees, just happy buyers and sellers.  In the United States however, I think it should be named Prolonged Purchases so that everyone is clear about the process.  But, that’s just me!  If you have no other goals other than one specific property, and, you’re ready, able and willing to wait upwards of months and months (the longest one I’ve heard of is now in it’s 13th month) to close (maybe) then a short sale is the process for you.  However, should you want to be snuggled on your couch in your dream home in let’s say 45 days or so, stick with the traditional sale.  There’s a lot of sellers out there that are ready, willing and able to make a transaction work:  seek them.   #2:  Financing.  Because of the current state of our country’s banking system and the issues that created a downfall in the housing markets, a recovering real estate market in Naples has been the bright side for many buyers.  Financing:  not so much.  Interest rates are at a historical low and whether they inch up or not is anyone’s guess.  If you’re an international buyer, it’s better to pay cash.  Financing can be done, but not easily with most requiring at least 30-50% down.  If you’re an American buyer, be prepared for a rigorous process.  Stay on top of your lender and if you feel at any time they’ve dropped the ball, do not hesitate to move forward with another preferred lender.  Before you start looking for homes, interview three lenders that have been referred to you by family, friends and coworkers that had a personal experience with them that can vouch for their performance.   #3: Gruesome agents.  So, you want to get to the closing table but before you can do that, you’ve got to list your property.  Personally, I’ve received listings in the past simply due to the default of some really bad agents (and I’ve thanked them, it would be rude otherwise).  I’ve seen agents that have a listing and don’t get it into the MLS for three to four weeks, others, make promises that are like unfulfilled prophecies.  There’s those that never even get a lockbox on the door and then there’s those special agents that have never seen the likes of a photograph (http://www.ruthbethem.com/blog/real-estate-professional-photos/2010/10/12/ )  Make sure you always get referrals and/or testimonials from other clients that have used the services of the agent and please interview three of them.  This is most people’s biggest investment, why leave it to those with unproven results.  And remember, if they sound too good to be true, it generally means they are.  #4: No, it’s not the Munsters, it’s the Squatters.  An ever growing problem due to our economy with thousand losing their homes to foreclosure, some will take up unwelcomed residency in vacant homes.  While there may never be a problem with this for some homeowners, others have found they can’t get them to vacate without investing a lot of time and money/court costs.  If you own a non-primary home, spend the few extra dollars a month for a home watch service to go in & ensure all is well with the systems, and most importantly, that “uninvited guests” don’t make your home, their home.  #5:  You want me to go in there?! Years ago, when I worked for a real estate company that conducted “herd tours” and by that I mean everyone loads up into many vans and drops in on the new listings for the week, picking and prodding and playing the game “Name that smell.”  I generally scored high, not too sure what that says about me, although my husband says my sense of smell could easily replace the myriad of airport security dogs.  I’d be a lot cheaper to feed too, most nights anyway!  Your dream home may not be the best presented on the tour your agent takes you on, but try to get beyond the smells and realize it’s just temporary.  Look at the bones (no Halloween pun intended) of the property and if you’re willing to put sweat equity into it, you’ll most likely never remember “the smells” later on.  Use your visualization skills to overcome less than tasteful wallpaper, paint, furnishing, decorations etc, even the carpet or window coverings.  They can all be overcome.  Yes, the home with the best curb appeal will get you through the door and ideally, it’s best to have a home that’s for sale to be well kept and odor free.  That’s just not reality for every home.  If you know smells bother you, bring along a small can of air freshener to get you through your time there if you want to spend any amount of time in the home to visualize your furniture and your life in “your home.”   Check out tomorrow’s blog for Part Two on Real Estate Nightmare on Elm Street.  For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.

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Park Shore Residential Lot For Sale in Naples, Florida

Park Shore residential lot for sale in Naples,Florida

Park Shore residential lot for sale in Naples,Florida

Build your dream home on this beautiful quarter acre residential BUILDING LOT in the much sought-after Park Shore of Naples, FL.  This home lot is within walking distance to Venetian Village where you can enjoy boutique shopping with styles from chic casual to simply elegant.  Highlighted scheduled social events throughout the year such as the famous Boat Parade have made Venetian Village a must-stop spot. Set in the true Italian waterfront style, take advantage of eating alfresco with forever views from the upper deck on Bayside’s terrace overlooking Venetian Bay.  The sugar white sands of the beach at Horizon Way are just a few minute’s drive from your slice of paradise.  Just “around the corner” are the Waterside Shops offering valet parking, personal shopping and current trend fashion shows where there’s something in their event calendar to satisfy every family member. For those especially fond of the cultural arts, tickets to the Naples Philharmonic, lovingly known as “The Phil” by Neapolitans, offers a plethora of selections from orchestra to the arias, ballet to the Blues, there’s always something to entertain yourself with at The Phil.   Right next door is the visual arts center, the Naples Museum of Art, displaying world-class paintings, sculpture, drawings and other art forms and just about a mile north is the much anticipated Mercato. An experience of inviting streetscapes combined with upscale shopping, fine dining and the ever popular Silverspot Theatre, where you can dine and take your cocktail into the theatre with you while your reserved, leather seats are awaiting you.  Luxury doesn’t stop there: head a mile down the road and you’ll find the Ritz-Carlton at the beach with world-class amenities and the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort within 1/2 mile of the Mercato in the other direction, taking full advantage of the breathtaking beauty of the Paradise coast.  There’s also world class galleries, shopping and eateries at the 5th Ave and the 3rd Street shopping district awaiting your arrival in Olde Naples.  Don’t wait any longer, Naples is recovered and we’re on are way to a stable market.  Currently, there are only 8 vacant lots available in all of Park Shore, the Moorings and Coquina Sands under $1m.  Lot size is 125x117x83x100 and is .27 acre zoned for R1-10A with a building potential of up to 7,500-8,000 s.f. of living with a maximum of 30ft building height.

Please direct inquiries to Ruth Bethem toll-free at 877-777-7545 or email direct to ruth@ruthbethem.com.

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Vinegar and Real Estate. Really? Part II

On Tuesday I posted about some of the great uses for saving your real estate and how handy this inexpensive product is in use for all areas in your home, whether it be Naples, Florida or Naples, Italy.  Click here is you missed Part I.

This is one of my all time favorite uses and I use it about every 3-4 weeks because the coffee stains cloud the pot and I’m a bit anal, I really can’t enjoy my coffee unless it comes out of a sparkling carafe and not something that looks like it survived an army barracks back in the 40’s.  My husband will probably be humiliated that this is going in print, but, he told me that when he worked in the tv studio, he never washed his coffee cup!  Yuk.  He dumped the coffee, ran an eye dropper full of water thru it and called it a day.  For 7 years folks!  A Petri dish would probably have less bacteria.  I’m thinking it probably contributed greatly to his hair loss but, what do I know??!   Remove stains from coffee and teacups by scrubbing them gently with equal parts of salt (or baking soda) and white distilled vinegar. Rinse clean.  Or, for the internal system, try this:  Remove mineral deposits from coffee makers with white distilled vinegar. Fill the water reservoir with 1 cup or more of white distilled vinegar and run it through a whole cycle. Run it once or twice more with plain water to rinse clean. (Check the owners’ manual first.)  I admit, I only do this about once a year.  OVENS: Avoid the bad smell when you heat up a newly cleaned oven by using a sponge soaked in diluted white distilled vinegar for the final rinse. To clean a grease splattered oven door window, saturate it with full-strength white distilled vinegar. Keep the door open for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping with a sponge.  Easily clean your mini blinds by wearing pair of white cotton gloves.  Dip gloved fingers into a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm tap water, and run your fingers across both sides of each blind.  Get rid of calcium deposits on faucets by soaking a cloth or paper towel in white distilled vinegar and wrapping the area tightly. Let this sit for a couple of hours or overnight.  Remove soap buildup from faucets by scrubbing them with a solution of 1 part salt to 4 parts white distilled vinegar. GUYS, LISTEN UP:  Clean hardened paint brushes by simmering them in a pot with white distilled vinegar. Soak them first for an hour before bringing the white distilled vinegar to a simmer. Drain and rinse clean.  Clean your grill by spritzing white distilled vinegar over wadded up aluminum foil and scrubbing the grill vigorously with it.  Drum roll please….and my #1 favorite reason for the use of vinegar:  Remove the smell of a dead mouse or other rodent (after removing all animal remnants) by wiping down the area with either white distilled vinegar or bleach. Then place a fabric softener sheet in the area to remove any lingering odors. Hasn’t this been a great learning experience!  For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.

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